Media Release 9 May 2013
The Family First NZ website www.familyfirst.org.nz and the Protect Marriage website www.protectmarriage.org.nz has suffered yet another major attack by hackers desperate to muzzle them.
“Just after the final reading of the same-sex marriage bill, the Protect Marriage website was attacked, causing our webhost to remove the site from the web. Again last night, both of our major websites suffered – according to our webhost – a ‘heavy attack’ causing the company to null our IP address for 12 hours,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ and co-ordinator of the Protect Marriage campaign.
“This is no ordinary webhost. We have had to use RivalHost in the US that specialises in hosting websites that are likely to be attacked, including American Express and Visa.”
This is not the first major attack on the website. The website crashed on its first day in July 2012 after huge amounts of traffic through the site, and then a ‘large scale denial of service attack’. A death threat was also received through the site and investigated by the Police.
“It is disappointing that some opponents of our stance towards marriage and families are resorting to desperate – but failed – attempts to shut us down. It appears that tolerance, diversity and charity only extends to opinions that they agree with,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“Unfortunately, government departments such as the Charities Registration Board have fallen in to the same trap.”
“We were also disappointed that our original web host company based in Christchurch was targeted with offensive emails simply because they were a business that we wanted to support and who were willing to host some of our websites,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“We expect the Protect Marriage website to operate for a few years yet as the full impact of the law takes effect and as new attempts are made to redefine marriage even further to allow polygamy and group marriage.”